If you are looking to get your sweat on and views for days…look no further than Mirador Cerro de la Cruz. It’s a moderate hike (about 30 minutes from Gringo Gulch) that finishes with epic views of Puerto Vallarta.
Before you depart make sure you have 3 things: 1) water, 2) good shoes with some sort of grip and 3) a camera.
I highly recommend doing this hike in the early morning to avoid the sweltering heat. During rainy season be extra cautious…there are some slippery spots and the last thing you want to do is injure yourself on vacation.
The cross is visible from the malecon..but getting there isn’t quite as obvious.
To start, climb up the hill (or mountain, depending on where you are from) to the corner of calle abasolo and calle emilio carrana.
You’ll see a winding road, and continue to follow that up.
From there, there is only one path to follow. Be careful as there are parts, as mentioned before, that are slippery (especially in rainy season).
You will eventually reach a funicular. When we went it was not operational but may have changed since. If you have that option great…if not just climb the stairs and burn off some of the calories from the margaritas the night before.
You will quickly see the cross and have almost made it!
You have gotten this far though and should really take the opportunity to climb the observation deck.
That’s where you will get the “money shots.”